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No Surprises

Radiohead

from the album OK Computer released in 1997

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Lyrics

Intro

D (with riff)

Verse

D Bm A heart that's full up like a landfill G A job that slowly kills you A D Bruises that won't heal You look so tired and unhappy Bring down the government They don't, they don't speak for us I'll take a quiet life A handshake of carbon monoxide

Chorus

G A No alarms and no surprises No alarms and no surprises No alarms and no surprises D Silent ... Silent ... D Bm This is my final fit, my final bellyache with No alarms and no surprises No alarms and no surprises No alarms and no surprises D ...Please

Bridge

| A . Asus4 A | Bb . . . | | A . Asus4 A | Bb . . . | | G . . . | Bb . C . | Such a pretty house, such a pretty garden No alarms and no surprises No alarms and no surprises No alarms and no surprises please

Notes & Tabs

Chords Used

Here are the chords used in this song.

e-|----2----2-----3----0------0------1-----0------
B-|----3----3-----0----2------3------3-----1------
G-|----2----4-----0----2------2------3-----0------
D-|----0----4-----0----2------2------3-----2------
A-|---------2-----2----0------0------1-----3------
E-|---------------3-------------------------------
       D    Bm    G    A    Asus4    Bb    C 

D Riff #1 (Picked)

Here is the pattern for the intro. In the recorded version of this song, the secondary guitar uses this same picking pattern on the D Bm and G chords during the verse. This riff is played twice in the intro by itself, and then twice more along with the strumming riff below.

e-|----2-------2-------2--------------0-- 
B-|--------3-------3-------3--------3---- 
G-|------2---2---2---2---2---2----4------
D-|-----------------------------5--------  x2
A-|--------------------------------------   
E-|--------------------------------------   

D Riff #2 (Strummed)

This riff is used in the intro (it comes in after the picked riff is played twice), and is also played during the verse.

e-|----2--0----2--0----2--0----3-3-2-2-0-0---------
B-|----3--3----3--3----3--3----3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-----
G-|----2--2----2--2----2--2----2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-----
D-|----0--0----0--0----0--0----0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-----
A-|------------------------------------------------
E-|------------------------------------------------

Chord Progressions

Intro

| D . . . | . . . . | (repeat, with riffs above)

Verse

"A heart that's full up like a landfill..."
| D . . . | . . . . | Bm . . . | . . . . |
| G . . . | A . . . | D  . . . | . . . . |

Chorus

"No alarms and no surprises..."
| G . . . | A . . . | G . . . | A . . . |
| G . . . | A . . . | D . . . | . . . . |

Bridge

| A . Asus4 A | Bb . . . |
| A . Asus4 A | Bb . . . |
| G .   .   . | Bb . C . |

Song Info

Song: No Surprises
Artist: Radiohead
Album: OK Computer
Year: 1997
Label: Parlophone

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My name is David Potsiadlo, and I created Songnotes to share my collection of guitar tabs, chords, and lyrics for my favorite songs.

Since I started playing guitar over 10 years ago, I've often been frustrated by the preponderance of mediocre and incomplete song tabs littered across the internet. To combat this, I started keeping my own collection of notes for each song I learn -- always taking the extra time to make sure accuracy and completeness are never compromised. Years later, my collection grew to the point where I knew I had to share it online with fellow aspiring musicians.

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